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Only homes and smaller shops at new development in Short Pump

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The latest plan for a new development in Short Pump is moving ahead. Construction could begin this fall on almost 70 acres near West Broad Street and Gayton Road.

The hope is to make it another community of homes and shops.

Developers say they're going to work with all of the space, there are rolling hills and streams they say will not be altered

It's one of the last open fields you pass before hitting busy Short Pump.  Strange's Florist is the first business you'll see here.

"We remember when it was all countryside," Bill Gouldin, president of Strange's.  "I think this neighborhood has a lot more growing to do."

And there could soon be a growth spurt after a decision by the Henrico Planning Commission, it approved Greengate which will bring more shops and 300 homes.  It took almost two years to get here, because people nearby had some demands: including the request for no apartments.

"It was important to reach out to all the stakeholders," says Nate Van Epp with Markel and Eagle Partners, the developer.

Van Epp says those concerns have been addressed. Only single family homes will be built and Van Epp says 30-percent of the land will remain an open area.

"We also plan to have over 7,000 feet of trails that go through the wetlands area," says Van Epp. "Those we hope will be accessible by both bikes and foot traffic."

Everything is still in its initial stages, with at least four different drawings to show where the shops could go.

"We'd like to focus on a kind of a food theme," says Van Epp. "[There] may be more exclusively restaurants we hope even for a boutique grocer perhaps a wine shop."

Markel/Eagle is the developer for Greengate is the same one that helped build West Broad Village.  They say there are lessons learned here that will be applied to the new development.

Most of the shops at West Broad Village don't face Broad Street, Van Epp says that will not be the case at Greengate.

"We hope the increased visibility from Broad Street will allow for a more vibrant set of commercial uses," says Van Epp.

The plans still need to be approved by the Henrico Board of Supervisors. If this happens, developers hope to start construction in the Fall.

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